If commercially available mixes are often an occasion for DJs to self-promote their own productions, it isn't the case here. Catz 'N Dogz have only two of their own works on offer (their gleeful, early '90s NY garage take on "Get Up Everybody" by Zack Tom's Parade and their more soulful version of Soul Clap's "Ecstasy"). Consequently the rest of the compilation is all about clever selection and sequencing. Maybe unsurprisingly, the mix's meaty part is right in the middle, as Braiden's "The Alps," Eat Everything's frenzied "Trouse Hack," and "Driven Movement" by newcomer Trikk make for its most engaging sequence. The latter track then finds itself emotively intertwined with an older classic—Schatrax's "Mispent Years"—which is then cleverly mixed with Laverne Radix's "Dick Control," a sassy piece of timeless hip-house.
Alien Alien's "Sambaca" is the selection's most shining highlight though; its slow-driven progression turns into a truly kaleidoscopic ride with trad house signifiers twisted into a disorientating escapade. The last third of the mix is in the same vein and becomes especially remarkable thanks to temperamental cuts from Elon ("Right on, Baby") and Tin Man ("Constant Confusion"). Exclusive to the mix, you also have "Tucy Chacy" by Chmara Winter and Kari Amarian, a gorgeous piece of delicate tolling and intertwined rhythms. El_Txef_A's "In," on the other hand, opts for disfigured bass-based ambiances à la Holy Other in the mix's haunting finale, thus echoing the same atmospheres set by album opener "Ambrosia" by Desolate. You could call their approach minimalistic if the term wasn't so heavily charged nowadays, but there is something classy and classic about Catz 'N Dogz's approach here.